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LA Chargers: Grades for Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa in first battle

Simon Brady
Nov 15, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) looks up while warming up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) looks up while warming up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

Tua Tagovailoa grade: B

Like his counterpart Herbert, the circumstances of today’s game made Tagovailoa’s game grade a difficult one to decide. The aforementioned punt block and Herbert interception led to great field possession and ensuing easy touchdowns for Tagovailoa.

In the first quarter, on the Dolphins second touchdown, though Tagovailoa conducted a solid drive, it should’ve ended in three points if not for an offsides penalty that extended the drive and led to seven.

Also, Tagovailoa had a surprisingly stable presence with him in the backfield with undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmad, rushing for 85 yards, one touchdown, and had a huge part in sustaining balance and long drives for Miami today. Couple that with not facing nearly as much pressure as Herbert did today with Joey Bosa being out yet again, favored Tagovailoa significantly.

That being said, Tua’s poise while extending and converting explosive plays while limiting the mistakes was especially noticeable in his third career start. Considering the biggest knock on him coming into the league was wanting to make every big play, causing mistakes and detrimental injuries while at Alabama, it’s quite impressive this early on.

Tagovailoa also responded well to two really poor bad snaps by center Ted Karras. One that resulted in a Charger touchdown and another Tua was able to recover and immediately complete a vertical pass under duress and no rhythm to throw. Putting special and rare playmaking ability on display.

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It’s still too early to make a clear evaluation on Tagovailoa. But, with this promising coaching staff, front office, and a growing confidence and sense of belonging with each of these past wins bodes well for Dolphins fans moving forward in an uncertain AFC east.

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